Friday, December 3, 2010

Singer Gigi and the Crew Bole2Harlem

with a history that can be traced to King Solomon and Abyssinian glory and a present plagued by war and famine, Ethiopia’s music reflects the unpredictable nature of life. The hallmark of native Amharic (the Amhara are the main ethnic group) music is a five-note pentatonic scale with long intervals, and it’s this unfinished tone that rings out from most modern Ethiopian tunes. But layered on top of this traditional foundation can be anything from jazzy riffs to digital dub beats, creating a multi-textured sound that heralds a new era of historical and musical blending. Read more..


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